It was abominable MP
Posted by Liz Anderson on December 26, 1997 at 07:28:18:
In response to new adaptation, written by julia 2 on December 25, 1997 at 20:21:30
It's hard for us to like meek, gentle and pious Fanny, but to C19 readers she was probably the most admirable of Austen's heroines. She closely resembled what Jane's niece, Fanny Knight, was to become once she had lost her regency sprightliness. Jane's letters show us the changing outlook of the author: gradually Georgian robustness gave way to C19 evangelical seriuosness. The witty, sharp tone of the early letters changes over time to include more serious reflections and MP is very much a novel of the cusp between C18 & C19 mores.
I've just come across this page, isn't it wonderful? Further to MP, Mary and Henry Crawford are much closer to our ideas of what constitutes engaging figures, don't you think?
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